Actress Pamela Anderson has been a long-time supporter of PETA. AFP PHOTO / Leon Neal
Actress Pamela Anderson has been a long-time supporter of PETA. AFP PHOTO / Leon Neal

Pamela Anderson’s Manus outrage

FORMER Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has made a bizarre intervention into Australian politics by calling for an investigation into the treatment of a dog named Foxy on Manus Island.

Ms Anderson, an honorary director for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), wrote to Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton about the case this morning.

Pamela Anderson appear PETA campaign
Pamela Anderson appear PETA campaign

In the letter, the 50-year-old actor expressed concern about the refugees and their "animal companions" on Manus Island. While she first refers to the treatment of the refugees as "appalling", she quickly turns her focus to an incident of animal cruelty that she said she learned about from others at PETA.

Pamela Anderson has written to Peter Dutton over the treatment of a dog on Manus Island. Picture: AFP/Rhona Wise
Pamela Anderson has written to Peter Dutton over the treatment of a dog on Manus Island. Picture: AFP/Rhona Wise

She explains how a refugee's dog, named Foxy, was reportedly thrown from a moving bus by a guard as the refugees were transported to another camp.

"Animals feel pain, stress, and fear just as we do, and such callous abuse is unacceptable and threatens everyone in your care on Manus," she wrote.

"Foxy's primary caregiver is understandably distraught by the guard's actions. Displaced people often form close bonds with animals, who provide unconditional love and hope. Of all the things that refugees endure, emotional trauma is often the hardest to bear."

Anderson appealed for Dutton to open an investigation into the matter to "give Foxy and her guardians the justice they deserve".

Anderson has been a PETA supporter and activist for 20 years, taking part in hundreds of PETA initiatives worldwide, including appearing in posters highlighting the mistreatment of animals in fashion, food and beauty industries.

Dutton is yet to respond.

Read Anderson's full letter below:

American actor Pamela Anderson has weighed in on the treatment of refugees and their pets on Manus Island. Picture: AFP/Nick McKim
American actor Pamela Anderson has weighed in on the treatment of refugees and their pets on Manus Island. Picture: AFP/Nick McKim

Dear Minister Dutton,

As someone who is active in migrant aid operations in France, I'm writing to you with grave concerns about the treatment of refugees and their animal companions at the Australian

government's Manus Island detention centre.

The prolonged detainment of these people is appalling, but recent reporting from the camps

indicates a new level of violence and suffering. I want to share with you information about a

particular incident, drawn to my attention by my friends at PETA.

While refugees were being transferred between camps recently, a dog named Foxy, who was

travelling with her refugee companion, was reportedly thrown from a moving bus by one of the guards.

Animals feel pain, stress, and fear just as we do, and such callous abuse is unacceptable and

threatens everyone in your care on Manus. Psychology experts and law-enforcement officials

agree that cruelty to animals is an important predictor of violence towards humans, and it appears regularly in the records of society's most vicious criminals.

Just as we all love the cats and dogs who share our homes, members of the Manus Island refugee community care deeply for their animal companions and share with them the precious few resources that they have. Foxy's primary caregiver is understandably distraught by the guard's actions. Displaced people often form close bonds with animals, who provide unconditional love and hope. Of all the things that refugees endure, emotional trauma is often the hardest to bear.

May I hear from you soon that you'll launch an investigation into this incident and give Foxy and her guardians the justice they deserve?

Sincerely,

Pamela Anderson



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